Alright, let's get started with this review. Now quite honestly I was wondering about the name of the product, NAOS, it has to have a significance. And here's Mionix's explanation of that:
This prominent gaming mouse is named after the star Naos, a blue super giant and one of the brightest stars in our galaxy. Naos means ship and is enough powerful to create comet tails and huge clouds of auroras visible from Earth. Naos is constantly moving away from its original position in the constellation of Vela and it spins about 100 times faster than our sun. Since its birth it has covered a distance of 400 light-years. No one knows exactly why Naos has such a high rotation speed, but an explanation to this phenomenon lies in the gravitational interaction between many other stars.
Hmm okay, that's spacey alright, but of course it's well thought through in relation to the highly fast scanning mouse :) But let's have a look at the primary features of the product.
Truly ergonomic design with support for all five fingers
The rubber coating ensures a maximum grip
A unique weight tuning system for an optimal weight distribution - Remarkable tracking performance built for gaming
128kb built-in memory - Bring your settings and recorded macros with you stored into one of the 5 profiles
Customizable LED light system - Personalize your mouse with extensive color options
S.Q.A.T - Surface Quality Analyzer Tool - Surface Quality Analyzer Tool to measure the tracking quality on a certain surface
3 steps customizable dpi in-game adjustment - Set 3 dpi values and switch easily between them in-game
7 programmable buttons - The buttons can be assigned to any key, mouse command or macro
In-game profile switch - Switch easy with a click between stored profiles in-game
Adjustable polling rate - Tune it all the way up to 1000Hz through the software
Plug n Play - Completely Plug n Play, software needed only for configuration
So though the mouse might look simple on the outside, it really is a complex piece of machinery ticking and tocking at just over 5000 DPI, fully programmable with its profiles stored in a luxurious 128KB cache (inside the mouse).
Quite interesting is S.Q.A.T, this is short for Surface Quality Analyzer Tool, which measures the tracking quality on a certain surface and allows the mouse to adapt to it. Why in gawds sake the naming had to be SQAT as hinting to SQUAT as in... well baking a brown one beast me ..? A little tasteless even.
I'd like to take you through a series of photos now showing you the ins and outs of the mouse, and later on we'll give it a little test spin and then head onward towards our conclusion. But let's move onwards to the product gallery.
Mionix NAOS 5000 mouse review Mionix is a Swedish company that has been around for a couple of years and as such, for a company of their stature it will be difficult, but they'll try to compete with companies such as Logitech and Razer. Mionix tries to do things differently and desires to be a leading brand in the gaming market. Today we test their high-end gaming mouse, the Mionix NAOS 5000. Let's get the e-peen specifications out of the way first; the Naos 5000 is equipped with seven programmable buttons, 5040 dpi laser sensor, 1ms response time, 40,000MHz sampling rate and a tracking speed of 5.1m/sec. Numbers yeah... but do they uphold what they claim?